I just got back from our best family vacation yet! We went to the beach for five days and it was so much fun! This vacation marks a pretty awesome return to living life since we hunkered down from COVID at my house…but more importantly, it marks a huge improvement in my LIVING with diabetes.
I’ll try to keep this short for an easy read, but this is the first vacation that we’ve gone on without any other family members tagging along to help out with the kids, or honestly, with my blood sugar concerns. My packing said a lot before we even left, because the amount of physical space that my diabetic supplies and back-up supplies took up was the smallest it’s ever been for a vacation. Every day we did the beach, the pool, the non-chain restaurants, the nearby National Parks…and it was all totally fine and relaxed. I swam in the ocean and played in the waves with my kids for hours out of Dexcom range and it was amazing. I know I can feel my lows and I set up my dosing for the exercise and it worked out just fine.
I had gotten to living life in a smaller and smaller box trying to chase bg and being afraid of every “maybe” low that might come along. Seeing @Eric in person and having a blast with him got me rethinking how small I had made my parameters for living. I was only eating at chain restaurants with published carb estimations, I was sticking to the same routines, same everything to try to control everything. My husband is a trooper deferring to what works for me…but I could tell how much he enjoyed eating at a different local restaurant every night on vacation. And after seeing @Eric eat and imbibe a really impressive amount of stuff throughout a few innings, I figured I could start to live a little bit more. I used to be adventurous with bg before having kids…but after having kids, I really reined it all in bc chasing little kids is a whole life phase marked by not having much control over anything. Now that my boys are older and more capable, I can let out the sides of my personal boundaries a bit more and have way more fun.
I took the boys out to one fort by myself bc my husband had to do a work meeting. I really didn’t know where we were going, what to expect, it was hot as heck and I had just done a pod change…but I figured it would be fine. We hiked and hiked and climbed and climbed and it was so much fun. My boys loved it. And I was able to fully enjoy it without distractions.
In summary, community is SO important for life and for tackling challenges. And FUD is the best community that I’ve ever had the pleasure of joining. Thank you for your positive influence and support along the way! I’m getting my groove back!